December 1, 2022

Sokoto, Bayelsa record highest as 133 million Nigerians experience poverty – NBS

Sokoto, Bayelsa states have recorded the highest as 133 million, representing 65% of Nigerians are experiencing multidimensional poverty.

DAILY POST learnt this on Thursday according to the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS Multidimensional Poverty Index, MPI report.

Also, the report stated that Gombe and Kebbi states ranked third and fourth in the recent poverty data.

Meanwhile, Ondo state recorded the lowest poverty index at 27%, a sharp variant with Sokoto, which stood at 91%.

The report added that Children, women and persons with disabilities are worst affected.

Explaining indices used in coming up with the survey, Statistician General of the Federation/CEO NBS, Prince Adeyemi Adeniran, listed four dimensions: Health, Education, living standard, work and security shocks.

He said the impact of Covid-19 contributed significantly to the deprivation experienced by Nigerians in the period under review.

While speaking during a ChannelsTV interview monitored by DAILY POST on Friday, Adeniran disclosed that data should not cause panic; instead, it should serve as a tool for the government’s developmental policies.

“I don’t foresee any problem using this tool at the policy level. The federal government has already started using the statistics to drive its national development plan, including at the state governments level.”

The survey reported that Northern Nigeria stood at 65% or 86 million poor Nigerians, while 35% or about 47 million people living in poverty reside in the South.

Furthermore, the report showed that MPI surged in rural areas, where 72% of people are poor, compared to 42% in urban areas.

MPI is an index that captures the percentage of households in a country deprived along three dimensions of well-being – monetary poverty, education, and essential infrastructure services.

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